Comedian Steve Harvey has riled black supporters for urging them to respect President Donald Trump.
In a March 17 radio episode, Harvey took issue with rapper Snoop Dogg's recent music video "Lavender," where he is seen pointing a toy gun at a Trump impersonator and pulling the trigger, reports Hello Beautiful.
Harvey gave his thoughts on the video as well as on whether it was acceptable to criticize the president.
Harvey defended the rapper's right to express himself as an artist, but opined Snoop needed to be more careful about his criticisms of Trump, reports Rolling Out. He further warned of a danger of inspiring people to want to assassinate the president, reports The Jasmine Brand.
Harvey went on to discuss why he thought Snoop should tone it down:
He's an artist. He has a right as an artist to do his art in any form. I'm certain that Snoop doesn’t pose a real threat at all, but where we have to be smart about this young brothers and the people who are the truth tellers ... where we have to be smart about is the way that they will bend it and twist it.
And here’s the problem if we run into the route of if something happens then do you get brought in as the copycat version the reason that spurred action? ‘Cuz there’s some idiot that’s sitting at his house that’s willing to carry this ou t... And you don’t want to be tied to that.
The problem with all this [criticism of Trump] is, is that there is an office in this country called the 'president,' and you have to respect the office.
You really do. Whether you want to or not. You have to respect the office. They got laws ... I would hate for anything to come down.
Harvey also lambasted rapper Bow Wow, who recently tweeted an offensive statement about first lady Melania Trump.
Bow Wow had controversially tweeted: "Ayo [Donald Trump] shut your punk a** up talking s*** about my uncle [Snoop Dogg] before we pimp your wife and make her work for us."
Harvey addressed that tweet, saying, "You start messing around with this man's wife -- who ain't in this at all. The hell that come down with messing with this man's family, is great. Y'all got to be smart man."
Harvey notably met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City and was slammed by members of the black community for saying the Republican was working on solving gun violence issues in Chicago and Detroit, Hip Hop Wired reports.